November 19, 2014 | General Latest News Press
By MIKE RUBIN Dec 2014
The former star point guard for the Bulls and Pacers has found a new calling as the league’s most well-connected commentator.
Jalen Rose has come a long way since bursting onto the national scene as the Fab Five point guard who helped the Michigan Wolverines reach back-to-back NCAA Finals. After playing for six teams over 13 pro seasons, the 41-year-old Detroit native has emerged as a lead analyst for the NBA on ABC. And in his spare time, he’s founded a charter school, produced documentaries for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, and launched a podcast on Grantland. “I felt like I needed another outlet from my suit-and-tie-Disney-buttoned-up look,” Rose says. “I want my media to be raw and uncut, and I want to articulate it in a spectacular, vernacular Detroit style.”
On his podcast, Rose’s irreverent mix of game recap, talent assessment, and inside scoops on upcoming player deals has earned him a huge following. When LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cavaliers, Rose was among the first to forecast the string of trades that sent the draft’s first pick, Andrew Wiggins, to the Minnesota …
October 21, 2014 | General Latest News
Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers to Appear as First Guest
ESPN will premiere The Grantland Basketball Hour on Thursday, October 23, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The first Grantland-branded television series will feature editor-in-chief Bill Simmons and ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose, along with special guests Michelle Beadle, Jeff Van Gundy, Zach Lowe and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. During each show, Simmons, Rose and their guests will engage in dynamic conversations and offer fresh perspective on various NBA topics and trends in front of a studio audience.
The Grantland Basketball Hour, produced from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center as one of the first television extensions of Exit 31, will air up to 18 one-hour, prime-time episodes throughout the NBA regular season, playoffs and Finals. Additional episodes are planned for the NBA Draft and free agency period.
“We are delighted to bring the Grantland brand to television – it’s the natural evolution for our site and for everything Jalen and I have been doing on our video channel,” said Simmons. “We want to be creative, we want to be unpredictable and we want to stand out.”
In addition to airing on ESPN, re-airs will be seen regularly on ESPN2 and at times on …